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Introduction
Introduction

The general tenor of the arguments in this book is that radical feminism is not one form of feminism among others, but simply feminism ‘unmodified’ (MacKinnon, 1987: 16), and that the common practice of qualifying feminism with any of a variety of pre-existing frameworks serves to disguise the core meaning of feminism. In the 1970s, those frameworks tended to be summed up under the headings ‘liberal feminism’, ‘socialist feminism’ and ‘radical feminism’; subsequently, they have multiplied into a plethora of ‘feminisms’ which defy enumeration. But such a characterization disguises the relations of power involved. What has been happening is not a struggle over the meaning of feminism between equally matched contenders, but a stream of attacks powered by allegiances to varieties of malestream thought, ...

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